The last preseason game is the one to evaluate the bottom half of your roster and see who will stick and who will get cut. The most important part, as in any preseason game, is to avoid significant injury. Evaluating this game is not about how the team does as a whole but looking at individual player’s performances.
1) Injuries – Troy Davis and IK Enempkali were both inactive. Bellore left with a calf injury but it wasn’t serious. Hill left the game after his only catch. He might be dehydrated and these might have been his last snaps as a Jet. Johnny Patrick left with a head injury after a collision on a tackle. LeQuan Lewis left the game after a hand injury and it did not seem serious. Saalim Hakim fell on the ball and had the wind knocked out of him but returned immediately.
2) All starters rest except for Bohanon and Winters – Bohanon might be on the roster bubble if the Jets decide to go with 4 running backs. He probably still makes the team because Rex Ryan likes fullbacks but they will keep four running backs and they will most likely be Johnson, Ivory, Powell and Richardson, especially after Green’s lost fumbles and Richardson’s nice work in the passing game. Winters and Aboushi are still competing for left guard apparently.
3) Eagles do whatever they want on offense – The Eagles were able to run and pass all they want with little resistance. They amassed over 500 yards including more than 270 on the ground. The Jets mustered no pass rush at all. The score would have been worse than 37-7 if not for an end zone interception by LeQuan Lewis (who otherwise had a terrible night) and a 4th down stop in the red zone. Ellis Lankster kept everything in front of him but was beaten on multiple occasions including getting turned around on a 1st quarter catch by Benn. Lankster was also called for defensive holding. Lewis got beaten deep by Benn for a long touchdown on another miscommunication and another long pass when he lost track of an under thrown ball by Barkley. Lewis was regularly blocked out of running plays as well allowing for some long gains. Josh Bush was beaten on every single ball thrown at him. The front 7, in general, did a bad job stopping the run as the Eagles were breaking 10-20 yard runs all game. Jaiquawn Jarrett was beaten repeatedly in coverage as well.
4) There were some standouts on defense – Up front T.J. Barnes did a good job getting penetration and stopping the run. He flashed good potential on a number of occasions. Trevor Reilly had 2 pass breakups in coverage and another few tackles in the run game. Rontez Miles made a few plays and threw himself around the field. His coverage was so-so but his ability and potential shone through. Johnny Patrick also had a couple of pass breakups but left with a possible concussion. Jeremiah George showed good tackling ability in the open field and his energy is infectious.
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